WHO@ Newsletter - January 24, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Love this stupid criminal's name!
Mass. police chief: Man tried to sell me fake gold

Police say a Boston man picked the wrong mark when he tried to sell him fake gold jewelry at a grocery store.

The man approached William Pace on Sunday and offered to sell him a bracelet and chain marked as 14 karat gold for $100. Two problems ­ Pace is the police chief in Randolph, Mass., and he owns a jewelry store.

Pace, who was out of uniform, tells The Patriot Ledger he could tell the gold was fake by its look and feel.

The suspect, identified by police as Johnnie Butts, will be issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of attempt to commit larceny by false pretense.

Police are trying to determine if Butts sold any fake jewelry to others before approaching Pace.

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Shot After "grass" Facebook Claim - 01/24/11
A MAN was shot on a doorstep four hours after he was pictured and named as a police informant on Facebook. Domenico Masciopinto, 30, had a bullet removed from his chest in hospital.

Cyber-Stalking on the Rise - 01/24/11
January is National Stalking Awareness Month and, according to the National Center to End Violent Crime, more than three million people over age 18 are stalked each year in the United States. One in four victims reports being cyber-stalked.

A threatening feeling - 01/24/11
The woman reportedly received a text message from an ex-boyfriend that said "Time to die (expletive)." Police became involved and the man was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. Later, prosecutors reduced the charge to a misdemeanor after the woman said she was more annoyed than threatened.

New Jersey Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking - 01/24/11
Matthew Bean, 20, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 45 days in prison and five years probation for a case of cyberbullying that included sending sexually explicit photos of another person to that person's school on January 26, 2009 and posting them on his own online page.

Stalking behavior often creeps up on students - 01/23/11
It's a familiar scenario: After a rough break-up, your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend repeatedly sends you unwanted text messages and shows up unannounced in unexpected places. Soon, this behavior makes you feel uncomfortable, but you shake it off and probably do nothing about it. Although this situation is considered common, what most people do not know is that this type of behavior, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear, is a form of stalking and is illegal in all 50 states.

Dog owner who gloated about fatal mauling on Facebook is jailed - 01/21/11
A violent thug has been jailed after he unleashed his American pitbull dog on a man who died six days later. John Palmer, 26, later gloated on Facebook and pictured himself laughing at a newspaper report of the attack. He laid into Simon Whittall, 39, after an argument, and allowed his dog to bite him on the arms, legs, torso and groin in a prolonged attack near the town centre in Warrington, Cheshire.

Lush website hack sees customers defrauded - 01/21/11
Handmade cosmetics group Lush has admitted its website was hacked repeatedly by fraudsters over the past three months, putting thousands of customers at risk of having their card details stolen. But the company only informed customers last night.

Only on 12: Man speaks out about libelous internet posts, court verdict - 01/21/11
Gene Cooley says untrue internet posts amounted to "character assassination" and cost him his job and home in Blairsville. Now he's pushing to make such libelous posts illegal.

Vestal officials investigating incident at high school - 01/20/11
An incident in which Jewish students at Vestal High School were kicked by fellow students is being investigated by school officials, according to a parent, the local Jewish community and the school district. "Apparently, there was an incident, or series of incidents, in which a number of students were involved in 'kick a Jew day,' in the Vestal school," said Michael Wright, chairman of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Broome County.

Sex-texting mystery solved with help of Facebook - 01/20/11
Social networking helped lead to the arrest of a man accused of sending hundreds of sexually oriented text messages to young girls and others in northwest Ohio, police said Thursday. Two men who posted text conversations they said they received from suspect Jason Paul Starkey on social network sites including Facebook helped police by alerting the public, said Monroeville police Capt. James Bond, who is also the interim police chief.

Facebook, gun lead to arrests - 01/20/11
More than a dozen high school students have been arrested since Tuesday in connection with three separate incidents at three schools. Two of the incidents involved the social networking website Facebook, authorities said.

Mother 'who left baby son in bath to play game on Facebook' faces 43 years in jail after boy drowns - 01/19/11
A 34-year-old Colorado mother faces up to 43 years in prison after allowing her 13-month-old son to drown in a bathtub while she was playing a game on Facebook. Shannon Johnson, form Fort Lupton, has been charged with child abuse resulting in death, and was advised of the charge via a video hookup from the jail where she is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Swiss banker linked to Wikileaks is found guilty - 01/19/11
A former Swiss banker who said he gave Wikileaks details of rich tax evaders has been found guilty of breaching Switzerland's strict bank secrecy laws. A judge in Zurich did so even though the leaked documents referred to accounts in the Cayman Islands.

Woman accuses ex-hubby of online harassment - 01/19/11
Says he hacked her account and sent obscene mails to her family members, and even threatened to kill her A 27-year-old woman has complained against her ex-husband for hacking her account and posting obscene mails to malign her character. Before the divorce, the accused allegedly tortured her physically, and after separation he is allegedly harassing through the online medium.

Google Street View: injured man raises middle finger to camera as he is put into ambulance - 01/18/11
An injured man has been caught expressing his displeasure at being photographed by a Google Street View car by apparently raising his middle finger to the camera. The unidentified man was photographed covered in blood as he was being attended to by paramedics in Birmingham.


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